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Climate Change and Wine Conference 2008 begins

Published:  23 July, 2008

The 2008 Climate Change and Wine Conference in Barcelona kicked off this morning (Friday 15 February) with an address from Pancho Campo, president of the Wine Academy of Spain, and local politicians.

Running until Saturday February 16, the two-day conference has a host of guest speakers across the viticulture and academic sectors.

A spokesman from the Catalan department of climate said the issue was a "question of trying to face the future consequences of climate change".

He added: "There is no point crying over spilt milk. We have to find solutions for our problems and that is exactly what we intend to do today."

Peter Hayes, president of the International Organisation for Vine and Wine (OIV), said the challenges being posed by climate change to the wine sector were "reflected across the world".

He continued "I hope we might see action on regional planning" adding that it was a question of allocation of resources.

Tony Sharley from Banrock Station, viticulture specialist Dr Richard Smart, Pancho Campo plus a number of other industry figures will be speaking at the two-day conference.

For a full list of speakers, click here.

Harpers will be reporting live from the event, so catch the latest round-up of seminars and speeches in our Green Debate channel.